SB100 Turq X01 Eagle Race Complete Mountain Bike by Yeti Cycles
Seeing the industry is evolving towards a slacker-is-better design philosophy with longer travel figures to match, it's a bit surprising that Yeti has embraced the snappy acceleration, spirited handling, and climbing prowess of a short-travel 29er in the making of their newest SB100. If you've been a faithful rider of Yeti for some time, you'll know that a short-travel 29er isn't unprecedented in their line, seeing the previous ASR Carbon occupied this same genre, offering cross-country racers the efficiency to blow the doors off the competition, but with a rowdy alter ego that made it far more capable than its limited travel figures would suggest. As such, you'll find Yeti created the SB100 Turq XO1 Eagle Race Complete Bike to fill the void left by the previous ASR Carbon, but with updated geometry figures to make it far more confident over technical sections of trail, plus a compact version of their Switch Infinity suspension platform with 100 millimeters of highly efficient travel that excels on climbs and across long distances seen in multi-stage adventure races. We typically think of cross-country bikes as one trick ponies that barely trouble the scale which makes going uphill less of a chore but the sometimes anorexic build can be slightly unnerving and requires a good test of faith when pushed through its paces on technical descents. With the SB100, it has some pretty good lineage to draw inspiration from and even though the geometry and suspension have cross country riding and racing on its mind as the intended purpose, it's hard not to notice the trail and enduro highlights that bled over from Yeti's longer travel offerings. The Switch Infinity platform, utilized on all Yetis all the way up to the EWS-winning SB6, has been redesigned specifically for 100mm of travel on this model. It's light, and tucks behind the seat tube, sitting in its own compartment out of the way of wheel spray and errant trail debris. This design also allows the front triangle t...
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